Welcome to day 21 of 31 straight days of comfort food! I am on the countdown to the finish, but if you've missed any of the posts in this series or want to start from the beginning you can go here.
Today's dish is the type of simple, no-fuss food that common folks have been eating for centuries. It requires no fancy ingredients, little effort in preparation, and is filling enough to satisfy you during a long day of hard labor. Don't let its plebeian roots fool you though, this soup is full flavor fit for a king.
Hearty Peasant Soup
1/2 lb. bacon, cubed
6 sausage links or brats, cut into bite-size chunks
3 onions, chopped
2 lb. potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste
6 cups beef broth
1/2 lb. fresh or frozen green peas
1/2 lb. fresh or frozen green beans
In a large, heavy pot, cook bacon till crisp and sausage links till brown. Remove sausage links and drain on paper towels.
Strain off all the fat from the pan, add onions, potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper to the bacon and combine thoroughly.
Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Pour in the broth; add the peas, beans, and drained sausage links. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 20 minutes more.
Serve piping hot with crusty bread. This is will easily feed 6 people, so we usually have lots of leftovers. Luckily, it's even better the next day!
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